Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter) | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter)Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter)

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.15%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Robust Porter.

Added by BeerBeing on 10-13-2007

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Ratings: 307 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of 33nickadams
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black, opaque and a slight tan head after a vigorous pour. Smells of coffee, chocolate, molasses and dark fruits. I taste big roasted malts and chocolate. Very robust. This is very much not unlike a Russian Imperial Stout. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is heavy and lightly carbonated. Overall, I'm glad I tried it. But this is too much like an RIS to set it apart.

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Photo of AScribjr
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Was looking for this for so long in the old big bottle format, had basically given up until Christmas, when low and behold, there is was visiting home, though in this small bottle.

The standard near black pour, layer of cream head.

Aroma, roast malt, caramels, dark chocolate.

Taste, Roast malt, nearly burnt toffee, cocoa. Pleasant, but actually quite dry with the roast, light coffee and cocoa.

Solid medium body. Coating, nearly creamy. Drinks quite well. To be honest it doesn't feel nearly 9.15 big, I seriously wonder if this batch is less.

Straight forward, solid, but for some reason I was expecting even more. Well worth trying.

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Photo of superjose
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jacob4999
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz fresh 2011 bottle

Appearance: Pours a rich dark black which allows no light to pass through. Small one finger head which dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a very light lacing.

Smell: Dark coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Very pleasant!

Taste: Definite roasted malts followed by the coffee and a light bitter chocolate follow through. The alcohol is noticeable but it's a slight burn. Bitter chocolate aftertaste sticks around for a while.

Mouthfeel: Creamy up front with that dry bitter finish. Decent amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall: Not a bad offering from Shorts. Not quite up to Founders Porter level but this is a decent porter which I could see myself drinking again, kinda too bad it's a special release. Will definitely grab another six if it comes around again and I see it but probably wouldn't go to an extreme to get it.

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Photo of cates1tg
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz 2011 release

A - Pours pitch black with one finger of brown head. Head doesn't last long and leaves only small amounts of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of vanilla and molasses. Very nice.

T - Follows the smell nicely. Roasted malts that are somewhat bitter, both bittersweet and a touch of milk chocolate, faint coffee and vanilla. A very faint sweet element. A bit of noticeable alcohol, but doesn't detract from the taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and an earthy dry finish.

O - Between this and Black Cherry Porter, I really wish Short's would do a year-round porter, as they are both very good. Hope this becomes at least an annual release, if not more often.

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Photo of ipa247
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jakers90
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of buddyvelt
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Marti403
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of alexgash
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Used motor oil dark brown. Murky. Half inch of dense, creamy, dark sandy brown head. Some lacing. Inviting nose of roasted barley, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. I could smell this for a while.

The taste does not disappoint. Bitterish coffee notes up front. Roasted malts follow, but soon turn sweet and chocolatey. Caramel and dark fruit play together, before iced mocha java takes us to the finish. Notes of nougat, vanilla, molasses, smoke, and peat flash here and there and settle in for a long roasty-sweet finish. Medium-full body with a slightly sticky feel. A delicious, sinfully good beer! A great way to start off this New Year's Eve!

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Photo of BeRanger
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle poured into a Tulip.

A: Poured dark black with a nice rich mocha colored rim, about one finger which lingered for awhile.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, dark fruits and possibly caramel?

T: Roasted malts and chocolate hit first with a touch of the molasses, dark fruits and something else I can't quite put a finger on come through on the back-end, leaves a smooth finish with no real taste of alcohol. The ABV is listed as 8.5% this year.

N: Full bodied, the right amount of carbonation.

O: It was a very good porter from Short's, perhaps I'd give it higher marks if I hadn't be used to drinking so many wonder barrel aged porters lately. I do which this or sustenance would be available year-end.

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Photo of TasteTester
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of kirkse
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of DannyDan
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown hue that has a thin tan head with decent retention and lacing. The smell is of chocolate,roasted coffee and dark fruits. The taste starts out with chocolate, some dark fruit and coffee and follows with some molasses and licorice. The alcohol is covered quite well and is a rather smooth easy drinking beer for the style and overall a very well made tasty beer that I would gladly buy again.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a new 12 oz. bottle, not from the Imperial Series. Short's website lists it at 8.5%.

This is black or dark brown with a slight creamy head. The smells are bitter dark chocolate and slight roasted malts.

The taste has a strong dark chocolate flavor, lots of roasted malt, maybe some graham crackers, and a very slight bitter finish. The alcohol is masked well, keeping this very drinkable.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ChadlyG
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Gtg642
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jbck109
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of elNopalero
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This appears a solid, dark black color with a cocoa-hued layer of foam sitting atop it. It has a great roasty aroma that carries over to the taste. I pick up a lot of sharp roastiness, some dark coffee and definitely a bit of dark chocolate. This is a good one.

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Photo of Hoopman
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brown, nice opagueness, but still some light through on the sides and bottom. Nice short lived off white head with decent lace and audible carbonation. Smell was a decent english average porter. Caramel sugar and roasted malts were really the most notable aromas. The taste was smooth, crisp, a tad watery with the caramel being mellowed somewhat by a nice albeit small hoppy back.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a tulip at Redcoat Tavern.

Appearance: My glass arrives with an ebony, nearly black viscous beer with a wispy off-white film on top. Totally dark with no light getting through anywhere. The light head might be more due to the pour than the beer itself. We may never know.

Smell: The aroma is full of robust roasted malts. Dark, bitter chocolate really stands out, with some espresso, tobacco, and light vanilla sweetness.

Taste: The flavor starts with a full, slightly sweet and fairly bitter roast malt flavor, and the complexity gradually unfolds. Dark bitter chocolate is the most dominant flavor, with coffee and deep, fully roasted grainy malt coming in next. A bit of earthy bitterness at the end, but it is very subdued. The result is a balanced beer at the end.

Mouthfeel: For a porter, this is very full bodied. The carbonation is light, like it is reduced and smoothed out by the full body. Rich and creamy best describes the feel overall.

Overall: Every time I come to Michigan is another chance to try a new Shorts beer, if I can find them on tap. I really enjoyed this full flavorful porter and would definitely drink it again.

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Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter) from Short's Brewing Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 307 ratings.
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